Category: Good Vibrations Guests

GVK on Gratitude

Talking to Michael Green, the executive director of Center for Envrionmental Health, about gratitude reminded me of when I was young and life hadn’t gotten complicated yet. I used to lay on the grass for hours and look up at the clouds. Did you ever do that? God, I loved the smell of the grass.  The clouds swirled and moved and changed, becoming new things, and I made up stories about them. Then the wind would blow,  the leaves would rustle, and the locusts would whine…it was Heaven on Earth.

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I didn’t know it then, but, that was my first experience with Gratitude. I was fully present in every aspect the experience and it filled me with an inner peace. I breathed it in with joy.  I believe that  gratitude is absolutely the path to the Divine.

With the fullness of our lives, the little things go by without a thought.  Yet there are trillions of miracles happening within you every moment to be grateful for.  Do you think about it when your white blood cells rush to that paper cut and heroically fight off infection? Do you think about the hundreds of muscles that move in sync as you walk up a set of stairs?

There are many things to be grateful for.  In most cases, when I am struggling, I am forgetting to be grateful.  Gratitude is not just some singsongy thing to say, it is the actual base with which we propel ourselves forward.  We cannot move forward if we are not in gratitude for where we are in the moment, even if its the bad stuff.

Maya Angelou said to say thank you for all of it

Because without all of it we don’t advance. We don’t get to where we are in this moment. And right now, I’m back lookin’ at the clouds ~ wanna join me?

Good Vibrations on healing Mother Earth

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Earth Is Calling ~ can you hear Her?? The environmental issues we face causes me great anxiety or agita, as my Italian grandmother used to say. I actively work to focus on the positive things happening around the cleaning up the mess that our ancestors have left in their wake. But, sometimes I get discouraged ~ Really discouraged. Which is why our
conversation with Ellen Gunter was so uplifting!  Ellen’s book

Earth Calling, is a spiritual alarm clock for raising awareness to Earths dire situation right now.

Talking about a solution is so much better for this sensitive soul than focusing on the magnitude of the issues at hand. And shifting our focus is going to be how we will solve, heal and transmute the issues that face us on Earth right now.  Remember that our feelings have an energetic pattern that moves out into the world and we must be conscious of what we send out.

The  Peoples Climate March, over 400,000 people deep, was a positive march to let our government know that we desire change around the environmental practices on our Mother Earth. 400,000! In other words, you are not alone.  There is an awakening taking place and you are part of it.

You do not have to be environmental activist Tim DeChristohper to make a difference.

My dear soul sister, Jillian Kelly, owns the Asheville Bee Charmer to help the bees. This is her way of supporting Mother Earth and raising awareness around the chemical warfare that our Earth is under. Start small, but do start now. Your effort, your vibration, your intentions help awaken the slumbering masses who do not believe that we must act now.

 Can you Imagine people working together for the greater good of our Mother Earth and our own humanity like John Lennon did? I can…

GVK gets nutritious


“Food, glorious, food…” is one of my favorite songs from the musical Oliver and I sang it to my kids when they were little and hangin’ with me in the kitchen.

Who doesn’t love yummy, amazing food?

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But! what happens when that yummy, amazing food isn’t really good for us or we don’t even know that it’s not good for us? Well, now we get to the meat of why eating can be very emotional. And that is why it was so great having Sheree Druskin and Caren Laboy of The Nutritious Moms to chat with on GVK! Both were educated at the IIN ~ Institute for Ingegrative Nutrition ~ and have taken that education out into the world to wake us up about our food intake.

We talked about alternatives to sugar (coconut sugar ~ who knew!??) and what organic means once it has been shipped around the world. The Nutritious Moms started because their children were getting waaaaay to much sugar at school. Sheree and Caren realized that food education was in need & not just for the children, but also, for the adults.

One thing for sure, is that the problem starts with the adults. A girlfriend of mine tried to get sugar parties taken out of her school system. Her daughter was coming home and having huge emotional sugar crashes and couldn’t focus because every day it was someone’s birthday party. When she brought this issue up for awareness she was literally shunned and castigated by the fellow parents! Geesh! That gives us a clue as to how emotional food is for us. And for me,

I need to be vigilant about what I am putting in my mouth and why

Slowly, over time, I’ve learned a lot about nutrition. I know now what my body needs and what it doesn’t. I have also learned that sometimes, even though I know that something isn’t great for me, I eat it anyway. Sigh. But the consequences no longer feel worth it. When I am mindful about my food, I am clear, focused and unruffled. I am living my Higher Self. And that feeling/being has become more important than covering up an uncomfortable feeling or running from my ego fears…

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GVK finds it’s authentic self with Ira Israel

“You are perfect and there is room for improvement” is the Jack Kornfield quote that Ira Israel started off our conversation with on GVK!  Our topic was being your authentic self and it is Ira’s passion. His enthusiasm for helping his clients do exactly that was exciting to say the least! AND! he has an amazing new Beginners Guide To Meditation dvd that you must check out.

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I got all revved up thinking about how

I had tried NOT to be me for such a long time,

because being me made people uncomfortable. Both Green Diva Megan and I know the struggles of having to find our way with being our authentic self. There are many different ways to jump onto your path to being your authentic self and Ira shared that DW Winnicott, the book Primal Scream, and Adam Grant’s Give And Take were in his top ten.

to connect with Ira Israel please visit the embedded link below

www.iraisrael.com

The best way to be your authentic self is to know who you are.  We cannot share our Light in the world if we don’t know what our light is. So often people tell us what they think is right for us, their hopes and their dreams and their desires. It is time to put all of that down and ask yourself who am I? Not what your parents hopes and dreams are for you or not the compromises you’ve made along the way to get you where you are now.  But, what are your dreams? What are your likes & dislikes? What do you love?  What do you hate? What sparks your soul with passion? Sit with yourself, ask these questions and start making a list. Find out who you are for you and then start on the path to becoming you.  The real you.  The Divine you.

My parents did not, did not, did not want me to go into acting.

I tried other things to make them happy, but, nothing in the world helped me express the bigness of what I felt as well as acting. So acting is where I focused myself for a long time. Then came the day that acting could no longer contain me. I came to realize that acting was not who I was, it was something that I did. It was a tool to facilitate who I was.

I know, today, that my authentic self is a catalyst. I lead people, organizations, situations into change. The people, places and things around me will change and that’s just the way it is. Being the catalyst is not always comfortable, but, it is who I am it is what I do. Instead of bemoaning this as I used to, I embrace my gift. I bring about positive change in all that I do ~ even in myself, because, as Ira said, I “follow my dharma”!

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GVK gets self love support from the planets and Kathy Kerston

Kathy Kerston joins GVK this week to fill us in on what to pay attention to in the glorious month of October 2014.  We’ve got some serious support from our planets this month around seeing our True selves. 

I had no idea that Kathy was going to support the GVK current theme of self love when she sat down to record!  It is always such a joy when the Universe puts everything in alignment for me.  And I am filled with gratitude that the Universe fully supports our trek into this subject.

Both Megan and I have been shedding ~ beliefs, fears, ideas and self sabotage to sit more deeply in self love.  Kathy tells us that the planets are moving into place with the upcoming full moon to encourage us on our quest to knowing ourselves from the Divine perspective, or in other workd, to Know ourselves from a place of Truth.

I spent years of my life on the beam ~ fearlessly being me, and then worrying that my me~ness would alienate people.  So, then I would tone it down, dim the light, soften the impact of me.  Sigh.  It was a painful process to live in.  I can say for the record, that I have jumped off that beam and am Trusting that the Universe wants me to be fully Me and no one else.  I am grateful that the planets will be supporting me through the last vestiges of the shedding process.  I have been riding the air waves for a long time, but, now, I am ready to navigate them, utilize them and become one with them.  

To quote  one of Oprah Winfrey’s favorite passages from William Earnest Henley’s poem, Invictus ~ 

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.

to learn more about Kathy Kerston and receive an astrological reading/healing, please visit

www.kathykerston.com

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GVK makes a choice with Julie Genovese

The last time I had Julie Genovese, author of Nothing Short of Joy, in the studio, we talked about be~lie~f systems.  The beliefs that hold you down or back or hostage.  Today we talked about the opposite.  Because once we realize that it is our beliefs that are working against us, then we can choose to change them.

reach out to Julie Genovese and bask in her positivity at~

www.nothingshortofjoy.com

My son always gets annoyed with me because I believe we can change anything.  He says that he lives in “reality” (hahaha, teens know Everything!).  Well, I lived in “reality” for a long, long, very sad time and today I live in what I call “possibility.”  So much nicer!!

Why is it so hard to believe that good things will happen?  Well, I suppose if you read the newspaper and watch the news and pay attention to world events even a little bit, you will be mired in fear.  And what if you don’t even do those things?  What if you carry the sad events of the past around like a comfortable old friend.  You know, the friend who likes you just a bit unsteady so they can feel better about themselves?  Yeah, that friend.  I sure did loooove that friend for a long time.  I carried that brutal teen story with me, nurtured it, and fed it.  Because of that teen experience, I believed that all of life was a scary place so I carried that fear with me.  I projected it out and I perpetuated it with my energy.

I didn’t even know that I was creating a universe of fear ~ the very thing I was trying to get away from!  I believed that I was alone, even though I had been receiving Divine messages since my earliest childhood memory!

So! we are at this place where we have to make a decision ~ are we going to believe things to keep us in the state of fear which keeps us in the grip of ego and away from the Divine? or are we going to look really look and really listen to the Divinity that is all around us?  Are we going to choose to believe in the things that support us or diminish us?

Today, and for many years now, I choose the Divine as a conscious practice.  From there, and only from that place of Divinity, can I then perpetuate and vibrate out love and truth.  My truth?  That’s going to be different than your truth, but, the Truth of the Divine is always love and that love is available 24/7 and it is our birthright!  

So take some time listen to the podcast and start practicing beliefs that support your joy, that support your essence, and that support the love of the Divine and then just watch how your life transforms…

GVK gets moonstruck with astrologer Kathy Kerston

Grandmother Moon oh, Grandmother Moon, what a glorious moon You are!  She watches over us, moving the tides and lighting our way in the evening.  Some years ago, my family of four found ourselves at the end of our proverbial rope.  We were on top of a mountain, after a lovely afternoon hike, as the sun set! We had to make our way down a mountain in the dark. The kids were 8 and 5.  We couldn’t see the trail signs and we were beyond scared.  I moved us ahead listening to my inner voice as a guide and it took all  my concentration not to FREAK out.  Just as we came to a place that was beyond dangerous, that inner voice told me to move to my left. As I did, the Moon in all her glory gently emerged from a cloud to guide me and my family to safety. Whew!

This was not the first time Grandmother Moon came to my rescue.  One of my soul sister’s, Jillian, and I came under the influence of a super moon in our 20’s.  We were both down on our luck and not sure which step to take to move beyond where we had taken our lives at that point.  We sat outside on the steps of her parent’s house and became inspired by what we called “Cosmos Moon” (from the movie Moonstruck)  We drank too much, cried a lot and then laughed until our sides literally hurt.  We began the process of healing that night…

And why am I waxing poetic about the moon???

Because the super moon has just passed and this moon has a deep meaning.  And what better way to understand our cosmos than astrology!  It is such a fabulous tool to understand things outside of ourselves and ultimately to bring it back home to within ourselves.  Kathy Kerston, Astrologer and Metaphysician could hold your attention for hours with her knowledge and practice.  She gives us such an in-depth overview of the past super moon and the new moon coming up, so get your pens ready to take down all the information from the podcast.

To learn more about Kathy Kerston and book a reading with her, please visit ~ www.kathykerston.com

To learn more about the things we discussed please follow the embedded links below ~

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Celestine Prophecy

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GVK explores the bs of beliefs with Julie Genovese

Belief Systems, or BS, as our dear friend Julie Genovese, likes to call it and I wholeheartedly agree.  As my spiritual practice deepened, I noticed that I would say things and not know if that was how I truly felt.  So, I started exploring my thoughts, and most of them were about my own self, and discovered that most of those beliefs were placed there by another. 

We come into this world ready and excited for the human adventure.  We are fresh from our Higher Self, All That Is and our Guides.  We are shiny and prepared.  Then life begins to happen and all the things we knew before we came drift away. We get caught up in the drama unfolding.  We experience pain, sorrow, love, joy, disappointment and triumph.  And we be~lie~ve that this is all there is.  We be~lie~ve the stories that people tell us about ourselves and forget that we are Divine.

Well, my friends, it is time to REMEMBER!  Take a look at those dusty and moldy ideas that others put upon you and Know your Divine Self.  Who put them there and when? More often than not, you will find that the be~lie~f is one from a very young and tender age. Throw it all out and start fresh from the viewpoint of Divinity.  From that place, you will come to know your worth.  You will come to understand how sacred your journey is and that no one can have this particular journey besides you.

Doing this type of thinking, living, Being takes practice at first.  Always it takes consciousness.  We must be aware of how we represent our energy in the world because what we put out in the world is the only true thing that we have control over…xoK

to find out more about Julie Genovese, author of Nothing Short of Joy, please follow the embedded link ~ www.nothingshortofjoy.com

to find out more about Abraham Hicks, please follow the embedded link ~ http://www.abraham-hicks.com/lawofattractionsource/index.php

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GVK explores the layers of healing with Mahara Ashlie, Diva of skin care products at Welstar Organics

healing herbsThere are many facets to being well and Mahara Ashlie has done deep exploration on all fronts to bring herself from disease into health.  Her healing journey lead her to her what is now her passion ~ Welstar Organics ~ where she is the owner and product formulator of all the skin care products.  Her foray into disease lead to her the path of well being. It lead her to a rebirth.

To learn more about Mahara Ashlie and her amazing skin care products, please follow the embedded link below:

www.welstarorganics.com

From our first breath to our final breath, we are managing our health. It is multifaceted and ever changing. From my own experiences I have come to believe that we must be our own advocates, we must be knowledgeable, and we must be open to different or non traditional forms of healing.

I have actually had several rebirths over the course of my life and I expect that there will be more. The first rebirth, and frankly, what I believe to be my resurrection, was when I stopped using drugs and alcohol to numb myself. The second rebirth was when I discovered energy work and became a LaHo~Chi practitioner. I have used traditional talk therapy, nutrition, energy work, exercise, meditation and creative expression to heal.  

Being well is multifaceted and so, needs a broad approach. What worked last year for a nagging emotional issue, may not work this time around because of the layer that you are coming at it from.  I have discovered that the deeper the layer of healing, the more often I need to find a different approach (s). Some of my physical issues, have an emotional core and visa versa. Sugar is one of the ways that I manage deep feelings that feel overwhelming. Recently, my body has begun to reject that form of management and I am having to move to a more mindful practice around my feelings. Sigh. Really, that is all that I can say about it! It has not been so easy, this sugar thing.

However, as Mahara stated so beautifully, “I am not healed, but, I am Well.”  Yes, I am well and I continue to delve into wellness on every level. And I will state, for myself, that I rely on my Higher Self and All That Is to guide me, because without my spiritual practice, I am far from well…xoK

 We talked about the book Love your disease ~ written by John Harrison: click on the book name to know more about it

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GVK walks it’s talk with Jeannette Howard and her labyrinth

“A spiritual discipline is designed to release control to the ego so the ‘Light behind the mind’ can come into focus. This is the silence of the ages that gives us rest. This is where we meet God.” A clear statement by Lauren Artress, author of Walking a Sacred Path, about the Divinity of the labyrinth.

I have experienced the power the labyrinth ~ the silent weaving in and out, the magic of Divinity coming through. I hold it to be a holy experience. So it was a treat beyond treat to walk on the labyrinth at Jeannette Howards home! Wow! to have a labyrinth at your house, to have the opportunity to marry together heaven and earth in your own backyard!

I can not express strongly enough how important it is to bring ourselves into a quiet space to receive.  It is in that space that we can let go of our ego desires, our grievances, our fears and receive an essence of the bigger picture. 

A few weeks back, I was having a floor sanded and refinished.  A miscommunication happened and the young man in charge of the job made a mistake.  I became exasperated.  But, not because of the mistake, but, because I was exhausted, in terrible physical pain and behind in my work.  I went outside and worked in my garden a bit.  Being so connected with the Earth calmed me, brought me back to balance and reminded me of what truly matters. I went back into the house and apologized, baked homemade cookies and made peace with the young man.  He was so happy to have the cookies, but, also to not have been made wrong.  I said to him “it is just a floor. It’s not world peace that we are trying to achieve here, it’s a floor…” We both laughed, the fissure was closed and harmony was restored.

To learn more about what we talked and to reach out to Jeannette follow the embedded links above and here 

Jeannette Howard ~ www.balanceyouryoga.com  /    Reiki     /     EFT

Take your sacred quiet time friends. Allow yourself to be restored and brought into harmony with All That Is…